Haiti President Jovenel Moïse has been assassinated.
CNN reports that President Moïse was killed and his wife was injured after an attack on the couple’s home early Wednesday morning (July 7).
According to the country’s acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph, a group of unidentified gunmen stormed the president and first lady’s home in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince at approximately 1 a.m. local time.
Per the statement, Joseph said President Moïse was killed in a “highly coordinated attack by a highly trained and heavily armed group.” He also called the attack a “heinous, inhuman and barbaric act.”
While Joseph did not specify how the president died, he did share that the assailants were fluent in both “English and Spanish.”
He also shared that First Lady Martine Moïse is currently being treated for gunshot wounds at a hospital.
The assassination comes after weeks of violence in Haiti. Joseph has declared a “state of siege” as of today (Wednesday).
During a televised press conference, Joseph urged citizens to remain calm.
“Me and all the ministers have been working since the news broke and we want to assure you we will bring the killers of the president to justice,” said Joseph. “Please stay calm and let the authorities do their work. We don’t want the country to plunge into chaos. This is a very sad day for our nation and for our people.”
With the “state of siege” in place, Haiti’s national borders have been closed and martial law has been temporarily placed with the country’s military and national police in place to enforce the law.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Haiti during this difficult time.